Georginion Wijnaldum had to head back to Holland after agreeing his deal with Newcastle United.
Whilst the rest of the squad flew off to America, the now former PSV attacking midfielder had to go and sort the boring stuff out back home in advance of his move to Tyneside.
Tuesday night saw Newcastle go down 2-1 to Club Atlas in the opening game of their tour but by the time they face Sacramento Republic on Saturday, Wijnaldum will have caught up with the rest of the squad.
Using his Twitter account, Wijnaldum has just posted the [email protected]
“Next stop to America” (along with a little picture of an aeroplane…..)
Whether the Dutch international manages any pitch time is doubtful on Saturday, though he could feasibly make an appearance from the bench, and next Tuesday against Portland Timbers might be more realistic.
Next stop to america ✈️.
— Georginio Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) July 15, 2015
Newcastle fans eagerly await their first look at the new signing despite the petty comments by Ronald de Boer, the brother of Ajax boss Frank de Boer accusing Newcastle fans of going over the top about the arrival of the Dutch league’s player of the season.
After signing for Newcastle, Wijnaldum himself said he couldn’t wait for the chance to play in front of the Newcastle fans at St James Park.
Though potentially appearing in front of hundreds of United supporters amongst the estimated ten thousand or so crowd at Sacramento on Saturday, won’t be quite the same thing:
Georginio Wijnaldum last weekend:
“Last season wasn’t a good one but usually they (Newcastle) rank higher.
“I want to play there as soon as possible because I want to feel the atmosphere, feel the crowd and see up close what it is like to play there.
Catching up with the squad:
“Because everything happens so fast I must go back to Holland and get a lot of things ready to come to England.
“So I will join the team in the USA a bit later and I think it will help me to know the players a little better and the trainers.”
Wijnaldum also explained how Tim Krul had led a posse of Newcastle players encouraging him to make the move:
“Tim Krul has told me for eight years to come to Newcastle. Every time when I see him with the national team he says ‘Come to Newcastle, come to Newcastle, it’s a great club’. He’s been here since he was 17 and he said to me ‘You’re a good player and we can use you at Newcastle’.
“Daryl Janmaat also told me and on vacation I saw Vurnon (Anita) and I told him ‘maybe’.